Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills


April 08, 1993

Woman sues salon, alleging hair loss

A Silver Spring woman sued a Laurel hair salon yesterday for $2.7 million, claiming that a permanent she received there caused part of her hair to fall out and that the salon's temporary remedy -- gluing it back in -- proved insufficient.

The suit, filed in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court by Florence Ray and her husband, Joseph S. Ray Jr., of the 12000 block of Tourmaline Terrace, charges that beauticians at Crystal's Beauty Salon in the Brockbridge Shopping Center failed to effectively wash the chemically based permanent solution from Mrs. Ray's hair.

The suit does not say how much hair Mrs. Ray lost, but says it was a "substantial" amount.

"I guess it could be described as patches. It's meant bald spots all over her head," said Robert Douglas Taylor Jr., Mrs. Ray's lawyer.

Four days after the treatment last April 9, Mrs. Ray contacted Crystal's. Beauticians there suggested that she try to "affix with glue or other adhesive" pieces of her hair to cover the bald spots, the suit claims.

The suit names as co-defendants Levi Royster, the proprietor of Crystal's Beauty Salon, and the beautician who applied the treatment, identified as Freddie Mae Rowe, of Termaine Court, Baltimore.

Neither was available yesterday.

Man falls into fire trying to jump over it

A Crofton man who tried to jump over a campfire early Tuesday tripped on a rock and landed face first in the blaze, resulting in extensive burns, county police said yesterday.

James Whittle Simms, 25, of the 1700 block of Dryden Way was flown to the burn unit at Francis Scott Key Medical Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in fair condition yesterday.

Police said Mr. Simms and two friends were playing at jumping over the campfire at a park called Patuxent Ponds, off Patuxent Road in Odenton, about 3:30 a.m.

Salesman loses sale, and an Acura Legend

A man police said posed as a customer at a Laurel car dealership Tuesday stole a 1993, two-door Acura Legend, valued at $30,000, after grabbing the keys from a salesman, county police said.

The salesman, John Stokes, said he was taking the man for a test drive from Tischer Acura, in the 3500 block of Fort Meade Road, about 12:40 p.m.

He drove to the intersection of Brock Bridge and Whiskey Bottom roads, where he planned to let the customer drive the car. But the man forced the keys from Mr. Stokes' hand, jumped into the car and drove off, police said.

The robber had given Mr. Stokes a license with the name of a Washington man as part of a credit check conducted before the test drive, but police said they believe it to be a false name.

The car had a Maryland dealer license plate number of 1A36861.

Gunman robs woman in mall parking lot

A man with a semiautomatic handgun robbed a Fort Meade woman of an undetermined amount of money Tuesday in a parking lot of the Odenton Shopping Center.

Carra Jeanne Parks, 32, said the man approached her about 10:30 a.m., threatened her with a black, semi-automatic handgun and demanded money.

Police said the man got some money and drove off in a black Chevrolet Cavalier, headed west on Annapolis Road.

The robber is described as a dark-completed black male about 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 140 to 160 pounds.

He was wearing a black hat, a black knee-length coat and black sweat pants. The car is described as a black two-door Chevrolet Cavalier with Maryland license plates.


* Crofton: Someone broke into a town house under construction in the 1400 block of Nestlewood Court Monday or Tuesday and stole a dishwasher, refrigerator, range and kitchen cabinets, all valued at $4,500.

* Severn: Thieves broke into the Severn United Methodist Church on Camp Meade Road through a window Monday night and stole a microwave oven and an answering machine.

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